I had a very quiet weekend over the Fourth of July. On July 3, the Oregon Health Authority said everyone in Oregon should cancel their plans to get together because of the rapid increase in coronavirus cases. So I called my friends to cancel my attendance at a small outdoor Fourth of July picnic, and I canceled attending a happy hour outdoor at my friends home on the 5th. (Frankly, I was surprised that the events still went on). I am doing my best to comply with all the health recommendations. I think it is important to stop the surge. So I watchEd the fireworks on television; and I watched our annual pet parade on television, which was conducted virtually with photos and video submitted by children and families.
Hiking brings me solace and comfort (I miss personal contact with friends). I am lucky because here there are still many trails that are not very crowded. I avoided the most popular trails; we got a lot of tourists over the Fourth of July weekend. So many of the most famous trails are very crowded at this time.
On the 4th, I hiked the upper loop at Riley Ranch. There are nice views of the Cascade Mountains across the meadow.
Middle Sister and North Sister
Broken Top and South Sister
Oregon Sunshine flowers blooming in the rocks
Today, I hiked the Wildcat Canyon Loop, Trail. It was a beautiful day, not too hot. The most beautiful stretch of the trail is on rock cliffs above the Deschutes river.
Mariposa lilies were blooming. Mariposa means butterfly in Spanish; I think that is a great name for this beautiful flower.
On my hike back through the desert to my car, Oregon sunshine was blooming in the sandy soil. This distinctive sandy soil is formed by volcanic ash from the Cascade Mountain eruptions.
On my way home, I was craving an icy beverage, so I decided to stop for a Diet Coke at a convenience store. That turned out to be a mistake. Most places are enforcing our governor’s orders that require masks be worn indoors. This little store did not, but I didn’t realize it until I was at the counter checking out. A man with no mask entered and was sneezing all over the store. I hope it was allergies and not COVID-19! And I am glad I was wearing my mask. I should have just walked out, even though I had already served my beverage.
Lesson learned. Mostly during this pandemic, I have not given into cravings. I have carefully made a list of healthy food, and that is what I consume all week. There now some risks in shopping, and this experience reinforced that I should only shop once a week at stores with immaculate hygiene that follow the rules. This was an unnecessary risk, for something with no nutritional value.